HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania man has plead guilty to a charge of “conspiracy to provide material support and resources” to the barbaric Islamic group ISIS, as well as “transmitting a communication containing a threat to injure.”
Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz, 20, faces up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine after he used over 70 Twitter accounts to spread ISIS-related propaganda and to promote violent acts against the United States.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Aziz allegedly also posted a list of U.S. military personnel on social media, calling for others to “kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk their street thinking that they are safe.”
He additionally sought to assist others wanting to join ISIS, and personally desired to travel to ISIS-controlled territory and buy a Yazidi girl as his slave.
“I just want one girl 17 years old,” Aziz reportedly Tweeted. “May Allah grant us a way to make hirjah to the Islamic State.”
He is accused of posting other violent messages, such as “#KillAllKuffar” and “Know O Obama that we are coming to America and know that we will sever your head in the White House.”
In November 2015, U.S. officials searched Aziz’ home after obtaining a court warrant, and found a tactical-style backpack in his closet that contained “five loaded M4-style high-capacity magazines, a modified straight edge knife, a thumb drive, medication, flashlights, a toothbrush, sunflower seeds, a lighter, nail clippers, fingerless gloves, a pocket watch and a black balaclava,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
He was taken into custody and then indicted in December 2015.
According to reports, public defender Thomas Thornton told reporters that Aziz was just a “young kid who was Tweeting from his bedroom.”
“He’s very sorry that he ever got himself involved in something like this,” he said.
Aziz, who plead guilty last month, will now be sentenced in May.
“Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz conspired to provide material support to ISIL by aiding individuals in their pursuit of traveling overseas to join the designated foreign terrorist organization and by using social media to propagate ISIL’s threats to injure U.S. service members,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord said in a statement.
“The National Security Division’s highest priority is counterterrorism, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to hold accountable those who seek to provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations and threaten members of our military,” she said.
“The security of the American people is the highest priority for our office and the Department of Justice,” also remarked United States Attorney Bruce Brandler. “While we cannot eliminate terrorism completely, we can bring to justice those responsible for providing material support and resources to terrorist groups and for spreading hate and destruction in our communities and abroad. Thankfully, the defendant’s activities were disrupted by the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force and justice will be served in this case.”